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Madagascar court nixes candidates

AFP-JIJI

An electoral court in Madagascar has removed the names of three high-profile presidential contenders, including strongman Andry Rajoelina, whose disputed candidacies had stalled the polls aimed at ending a four-year political crisis. The new electoral court has been meeting to “clean” up the list of 41 candidates approved by its predecessor in May.

The other two candidates who have been dropped for the revised list were ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana’s wife, Lalao, and former President Didier Ratsiraka. Their candidacies, which did not meet electoral rules, have been internationally condemned and have delayed the much-awaited vote expected to lift the Indian Ocean island out of its political and economic quandary.